Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DIY Painted Clay Pots for Spring

Spring time is such a beautiful time of the year! Everything is blooming, the trees are putting on green foliage, and I'm enticed to plant a few clay pots with some of my favorite spring bedding plants. Dusty Miller, Impatiens, Marigolds, Begonias, and Pansies, just to mention a few of the ones I bought. 

For these clay pots I used DIY paints and Artisan Enhancements products. Both companies have all natural products and they are very easy to use.
I purchased my clay pots and my plants at the local Lowe's. They have a good selection of pots to choose from. 

Here is the supplies you will need to make one of these pots:

Clay Pots
DIY Chalk and Clay Paint (Old '57) and (White Swan) and (Gravel Road)
Crackle Tex by Artisan Enhancements
Scumble by Artisan Enhancements
Clear Top Coat Sealer
Leaf and Foil Size by Artisan Enhancements
Foil by Artisan Enhancements
Sea Sponge 

  • Paint the clay pot with the Clear Top Coat Sealer and let dry. This product is a great sealer and is all natural. 
  • Paint one coat of DIY Old '57 for a base coat and let dry.
  • Next stipple Crackle Tex to different areas of the pot. Crackle Tex is a medium that will react with paint after it has dried. For this pot I will be painting White Swan on top of the Crackle Tex. Apply the White Swan thickly on the Crackle Tex and you will see the beautiful crackle unfold. Do not overwork!
  • After the coat of White Swan has dried, apply Leaf and Foil Size to different areas of the clay pot. Let it dry for about 45 minutes until tacky. With the shiny side up take the foil and lay it on the tacky Leaf and Foil. I take a stiff bristle brush to rub the foil. This will help adhere the foil to the pot.
  • Next apply one coat of Clear Top Coat Finish.
  • Let the Clear Top Sealer Dry. Mix Gravel Road DIY paint with the Scumble. I used 1 part paint to 4 parts Scumble.
  • Apply the Gravel Road mixture with a sea sponge. Use a twist and turn movement when applying this step. Let dry.
  • Apply two coats of the Clear Top Coat Sealer. This sealer is exterior grade and will protect your pots.
  • And you are now finished with your DIY pot. Add potting soil and plant away!
I hope you enjoy your clay pots as much as I do. I made several last year and they are still very pretty. Use your imagination and create and please let me know how they turn out!
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Frumpy to Farm Table Style

Is Frumpy a word? I'm not sure but I think it best describes the table I just transformed for a client. When I purchased this table I thought it would be so pretty with a dark top and white distressed legs - "farm table" look! A sweet customer had those same ideas when she saw the table at Fresh. So the transformation began shortly after she purchased the table and we discussed the look she wanted. Here are the products that I used on this project:

1. Mother Earth Antique Glaze
2. DIY Bead Board Chalk and Clay Paint
3. DIY Layered Chocolate Chalk and Clay Paint
4. Paint Couture Satin Top Coat 

The top of the table was going to be darkened with a brown glaze. I knew it would take several coats to get the deep dark brown that she wanted. First I sanded the top with my orbital sander until I got the finish off. To apply glaze I like to use a velvet roller,it's fast and leaves a nice smooth finish. If you've not used glaze as a stain as I am here you will love how easy and clean this is. By clean I mean no smell, no toxins, and the clean up is soap and water. Let the glaze dry overnight and then apply another coat of glaze, let it dry and reapply until you get the depth of color you are looking for. When that has cured for a few days, then apply a clear finish. And since this was a table that would get wear and tear (like most eating tables do) I applied 3 coats of clear finish.

The legs were painted with one coat of DIY Layered Chocolate. This is the BEST dark brown I've ever used! It's a beautiful deep chocolate brown and it's perfect for a undercoat to distress back too. The DIY paint adheres and levels out perfectly. It dries very quickly and is very easy to apply. Even though it dries quickly I let it dry overnight before applying two coats of the DIY Bead Board white paint. 

I like to wet distress the chalk and clay paints with a dampened rag or t-shirt. The chalk and clay paints are soft and are easily distressed. No sanding just light rubbing with the rag! 

Lastly, I applied the clear finish to the legs - two coats. 

If you have a table that you think would look good with a darker top and painted legs, no worries, it's easily done with a few of our products! We are open everyday at Fresh except Tuesday. You can also shop online everyday here. Have a great week and let me know what projects your working on. Even better share them with us on our Facebook page here.